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Upcoming Courses in Anthropology

Anthropology Advising Documents 2022-2023

Anthropology Advising Information [PDF]

For additional information, please visit the current UW Timetable and All Course Descriptions [PDF]

Anthropology Honours Thesis Application [PDF] 
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For Anthropology Advising, please make an appointment by emailing Julie Pelletier, Acting Chair (ju.pelletier@uwinnipeg.ca) or Kacey Fields, Department Assistant (k.fields@uwinnipeg.ca

Fall 2022

The following courses are not offered every year. Now is your chance to take them!

If you would like to take the course but do not have the prerequisite, please contact the instructor to check if you have a prerequisite equivalent.

ANTH-2216/BANT-2216 (3)  Archaeology in Popular Culture
Instructor: J. Lindal

From Indiana Jones to Tomb Raider to YouTubers covering the discovery and excavation of prior sites of human occupation, Archaeology holds a special place in the public imagination. Archaeologists have been depicted in popular culture through many formats, including movies and TV shows, literature and comics, news media, video games and more. This course critically assesses the ways in which archaeology is presented to the general public, by both archaeologists and non-archaeologists, and evaluates how the representation of archaeologists matters (or should matter) to a general audience.

ANTH-2404/LING-2103 (3) Languages of the World
Instructor: I. Roksandic

Taking a general overview of the linguistic map of the world where approximately 7000 languages are currently
spoken, this course looks at some of the main language families and examines evidence for genetic relationships
within them. Variations within a single language, principles underlying different writing systems, as well as issues of language contact, endangered languages, and the role of English as an emerging world language are also
considered. Examples are drawn from a wide range of languages.

Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and LING-2103 | LING-2404

ANTH-3100/ANTH-4100 (3) History of Anthropology
Instructor: TBA

This course examines the development and influence of select schools of anthropological thought and practice from the nineteenth century to the present. Emphasis is given to the approach and contribution of individual scholars, and to the impact of institutions and historically significant events and trends in shaping disciplinary ideas. Additional in-depth work is required to receive credit at the 4000 level.

Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and ANTH-4100. Registration in ANTH-4100 requires permission forms.

Requisite Courses: ANTH-2100 or permission of the instructor.

ANTH-4311/BANT-4311 (3) Human Paleopathology
Instructor: M. Roksandic

This seminar critically examines biological and cultural concepts and perspectives related to the study of health and disease in past populations. Topics include trauma, joint disease, infections, paleoparasitology, congenital disorders, and the role of human behaviour as a determinant of individual and population health outcomes.

Restrictions: Honours Form Required. Students may not hold credit for this course and BANT-4311.

Requisite Courses: ANTH-3306 (or the former ANTH-4306) or BANT-3306 or permission of the instructor.


Winter 2023


ANTH-2407/LING-2104/IS-2407 (3) Language Revitalization
Instructor: H. Souter

This course examines the need for language revitalization in the context of language endangerment that is now occurring on a global scale. Students learn about factors that contribute to languages remaining strong, as well as processes such as colonization and assimilation that have led to language shift, loss, and death. Students learn about the importance of diverse languages, and also about strategies and programs that communities have applied to maintain or regain their languages. Key language revitalization methods are taught, including language
healing, language development, language learning technologies, language nests, and master-apprentice programs.

Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and LING-2104 | IS-2407.

ANTH-3162/IS-3162 (3) Social Enterprise in the Indigenous Context
Instructor: J. Pelletier

Students study theories and practices related to social enterprise models in Canada, the UK, the US and elsewhere. The course has a particular interest in the relationship between social enterprises, related policies, and indigenous sovereignty or self-determination. Students are familiarized with the range of Indigenous social enterprises in Canada and internationally, and trained in policy and project analysis. Students put social enterprise theory into practice by creating a proposal for a hypothetical social enterprise project focused in an identified need, gap, or interest in an Indigenous community or organization.

Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and IS-3162.

Requisite Courses: 30 credit hours in any subject.

ANTH-3207/BANT-3207 (3) Zooarchaeology
Instructor: M. MacKinnon

This course introduces analytical and theoretical aspects of zooarchaeology through lectures and laboratory exercises focusing on the comparative skeletal anatomy of various mammal, bird, fish, amphibian and reptile species. Topics include post-depositional changes to bones, sampling and recovering faunal remains, ageing and sexing of bone, reconstructing past environments and human dietary strategies, evidence of animal domestication, and bone tool technology.

Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and BANT-3207.

Requisite Courses: ANTH-2200 or permission of the instructor.

ANTH-3261/CLAS-3320 (3) Death in Antiquity
Instructor: M. MacKinnon

This course approaches various aspects relating to death in antiquity (emphasizing Roman antiquity) from the perspective of two disciplines, Anthropology and Classics. Topics include beliefs and philosophies about the afterlife; causes of death, with emphasis on diseases and demographics; the practicalities of planning for death and disposing of the dead; the methods and significance of commemoration; rituals of grief and mourning; spatial
distribution of cemeteries in antiquity; methods and theories in mortuary archaeology from classical sites; and analysis of osteological, artifactual, and architectural data from such sites. Contemplation of cross-cultural comparisons on these and other topics under study is encouraged.

Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and CLAS-3320.

Requisite Courses: 3 credits from either Anthropology or Classics.

ANTH-3411/LING-3104/IS-3104: South American Languages
Instructor: I. Roksandic

Presenting an integrated overview of the indigenous languages of South America, this course looks at main language families spoken there, their spatial distribution, history and classification, as well as their cultural background. With 53 language families and 55 isolates structural features important for understanding the full
range of possible variants of human language. The course also explores typological characteristics of South American languages, potential linguistic areas, proposals of more distant relationships, and the current situation of
endangered languages in this region. Additional in-depth work is required to receive credit at the 4000-level.

Cross-listed: ANTH-4411(3), LING-3104(3), LING-4104(3), and IS-3104(3).

Restrictions: Department Permission Required. Students may not hold credit for this course and ANTH-3104 | ANTH-4411 | IS-3104 | LING-4104.